Taiwan is first Asian country to ban eating cats and dogs

April 18, 2017 by  
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Even abject carnivores in the West balk at the idea of raising dogs and cats for their meat, but East and Southeast Asian countries, particularly those mired in poverty, do not share those qualms. As incomes, not to mention concerns over animal welfare, continue to grow in those regions, however, the practice is slowly but steadily on the decline . Taiwan is willing to take the next leap: outlawing it altogether. Legislature passed recently will make the island nation the first in Asia to ban dog and cat consumption, according to Newsweek . After Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen signs the amendments, anyone caught eating dog or cat meat will be fined $8,000. Those involved in slaughtering the animals could face two years in jail and a $60,000 fine. Related: Killing dogs and cats for meat is still legal in 44 U.S. states The move dovetails with an earlier law, passed in 2001, that made illegal the sale of meat and fur of pets for so-called “economic purposes.” Tsai herself is a known animal lover. Last year, she adopted three retired guide dogs, who now cohabit a home with Tsai’s two cats, Think Think and A-Tsai. Via Newsweek Photos by Unsplash

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12 comfort dogs dispatched to grief-stricken Orlando

June 15, 2016 by  
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After hearing about the Orlando shooting that claimed 49 lives, one ministry of the Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) rounded up a gang of furry, fluffy members to help. The LLC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry sends trained comfort dogs around the country to help with the healing process, and 12 of their canines arrived in Orlando earlier this week. LLC President Tom Hetzner said the ministry tries to respond 24 hours after they are invited. After putting out a call, 12 dogs from seven states across America were dispatched to Orlando. The first 11 arrived on Monday, and the final dog arrived on Tuesday. Related: Shelter Buddies helps kids volunteer to read to shelter dogs Right away the dogs started providing comfort. In the airport, they brought smiles as people paused to see them. The dogs were present at a vigil attended by more than 7,000 people, and LLC estimates they’ve interacted with hundreds of people so far, from first responders to Pulse staff to the victims’ families. Hetzner said the dogs will be there to help the entire community as they work through the ordeal. He said when people interact with the dogs, their blood pressure lowers and they’re able to relax and get to a space where they feel comfortable opening up about their experience. Hetzner told The Dodo , “Some people just want to lay on the ground with them and talk. The dogs are like a bridge for people to talk about what’s bothering them. The dogs are confidential, they’re good listeners, and they’re nonjudgmental. And talking about things is one of the most important ways to heal.” The dogs will stay in Orlando for at least a week, and will stay longer if they need to. If you’d like to help, you can donate to the LLC K-9 Comfort Dog Fund . Via My Modern Met and The Dodo Images via Ruthie Comfort Dog’s Facebook

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Costa Rica’s ‘Land of the Strays’ is a canine paradise where nearly 1,000 dogs roam free

April 6, 2016 by  
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New hoodie lets you wear your pet like a baby kangaroo

January 27, 2016 by  
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Smart Seattle dog rides the bus by herself to the dog park

January 16, 2015 by  
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This cute canine has cracked the code  on the Seattle Metro Transit bus routes. Two-year-old Eclipse, a black Labrador mix, boards alone and then hops off when the bus reaches her stop: the local dog park. Read the rest of Smart Seattle dog rides the bus by herself to the dog park Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Animals , bus , CLEVER , cute , dog , dog park , dogs , Metro , public transportation , Seattle , Smart

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Norwegian Hotel Launches World’s First Dog Sled Taxi Service

February 4, 2014 by  
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The Kirkenes Snowhotel in Norway has found a way to attract animal-loving guests from around the world: the hotel has launched a dog-sled taxi service to pick guests up from the nearby Kirkenes Airport. Tourists will be provided with a thermal suit and be given time to get to know their canine companions before embarking on a 45-minute ride through the snowy scenery. Read the rest of Norwegian Hotel Launches World’s First Dog Sled Taxi Service Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: airport dogsled , alaskan huskies , arctic vacations , dog sled taxi , dog sledding , dogs , kirkenes , Kirkenes Snowhotel , norway , sled dogs        

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Mother Photographs the Close Bonds Between Her Sons and Animal Friends on Their Idyllic Farm

January 19, 2014 by  
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Mother and photographer Elena Shumilova may have one of the world’s most enchanting family albums. Her work captures the interactions between her two young boys and their bonds with the animals living on their Russian farm. Witnessing her children grow and interact with their dogs, cats, ducklings, and rabbits makes the viewer long for the innocence of youth and a closer connection with nature. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: elena shumilova , farm , farm animals , Photography , russia        

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Naki’o: World’s First ‘Bionic’ Dog Fitted with Four Prosthetic Limbs

May 13, 2013 by  
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Naki’o, a mixed breed dog from Nebraska, has become the first dog fitted with four prosthetic limbs. This achievement was accomplished by US company Orthopets , which specializes in artificial pet limbs. Naki’o lost his limbs and part of his tail to frostbite when he was abandoned in a cellar as a puppy, but now, thanks to a successful operation, he can run and play freely like other dogs. Read the rest of Naki’o: World’s First ‘Bionic’ Dog Fitted with Four Prosthetic Limbs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bionic limbs , dogs , fake limbs , martin kaufmann , naik’o , othopets , prosthetic limbs , robo dogs        

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INTERVIEW: Why John Bartlett Thinks Cruelty-Free Fashion is Going to the Dogs (Literally!)

December 5, 2011 by  
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Fashion designer John Bartlett is best known for his classic American garments but when he’s not creating impeccable clothes, he’s passionate about spreading awareness about animal welfare. We recently caught up with Bartlett at the Healthy Food in Fashion Gala , and got a chance to talk to him about why he chooses to embrace cruelty-free fashion and the The Tiny Tim Collection , his latest line of clothes that benefit organizations that rescue dogs from kill shelters (just like his own 3-legged best friend Tiny Tim) and find them new homes. Read on for the full interview ! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , Healthy Food in Fashion , Interviews , John Bartlett , NY Coalition for Healthy School Food , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , vegan clothing , vegan fashion , Vegan style

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The Week in Pictures: Camping Trailer is also a Boat, Cats Nap in TVs, and More (Slideshow)

September 16, 2011 by  
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Image: TreeHugger Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just take your car from road to lake? Well now you can, and while camping to boot: This wild design morphs a trailer from a tent into a boat. We also have old TVs that become homes for cats, a 1970s RV transformed into an off-grid eco-home, exclusive coverage of New York Fashion Week, and more in our roundup of the best images on TreeHugger this week.

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